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Drug treatment on tap for men who led car chase

LOCKPORT – A Somerset man who took part in the theft of a car and a subsequent chase May 20 pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court last week and was ordered into a court-supervised drug treatment program.

Dakota J. Hewitt, 22, of Lake Road, admitted to fourth-degree grand larceny in an appearance Wednesday before Judge Sara Sheldon. Hewitt risks up to four years in prison if he fails in drug rehabilitation.

Assistant District Attorney Joel M. Grundy said the same plea offer was made to Christopher D. Spence, 22, of Dysinger Road, Lockport, who is to return to court Oct. 12.

Grundy said the men were charged with entering a 2013 Volkswagen in the City of Lockport, finding the keys inside and driving off. They headed north to Olcott and then east toward Barker with Sheriff’s deputies in hot pursuit. They crashed the stolen car about 5 a.m. at Hartland and Hartland-Somerset Townline roads, fled on foot and were caught with the help of police dogs and a helicopter from the Department of Homeland Security.

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